Whakatane is an attractive coastal town and natural harbour Located 90 kilometres from Tauranga and situated on the banks of the Whakatane River. It has a vibrant shopping and commercial area, which includes a diverse range of shops, cafes and restaurants.
Whakatane has many tourist activates including dolphin trips, golf, wineries, wildlife reserves and tours to Whakaari (White Island), unique as one of the world’s accessible live marine volcanoes with its spectacular sulphurous vents. White Island is accessible by boat or helicopter.
One of the top walks around Whakatane is the Nga Tapuwae O Toi bush track, which includes pa sites of major historic significance, native forest, pohutukawa stands, coastal views, seabird colonies, forest birds in abundance, plantation forest and rural vistas.
Just six kilometres over the hill from Whakatane is Ohope Beach, a stunning natural beach, with 11 kilometres of golden sand and safe swimming waters.